U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 42-year-old member asked:

is hypochondria an actual disease that can be treated?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Burke
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: It is a psychiatric disorder that falls in the category of somatiform disordrs. Therapy can help in treating this.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes & Yes: Hypochondria is now called health anxiety disorder. It occurs when a person becomes obsessed with the idea that they have serious medical problems /condition (when there is no diagnosed condition). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is often the most effective approach to treating hypochondria. Psychoeducation and exposure therapy have been used as well as treatment with antidepressant medications.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Similar questions

A 21-year-old member asked:

What is hypochondria?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Definition: Hypochondria is when one believes oneself to be ill, when no illness is actually present. It is "all in one's head" so to speak. It can result in expensive and sometimes risky medical evaluations and lead to frustration for the patient and the physician, and can result in needless harm to the patient.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What causes hypochondria?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Pancner
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Theories: There are a number of theories. Psychological theory would suggest some secondary gain (e.g., attention, control, avoidance). Physiological theory would suggest hypersensitive physical responses to stress or a strong "mind/body" connection that converts stress to physical problems or complaints. It's probably a combination of both and theoretical.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What does hypochondria mean?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Berkowitz
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Hypochondriasis....: Represents excessive worry about illness when there is no medical basis for concern. We believe that people who suffer from hypochondriasis have heightened sensitivity in internal receptors so that they experience normal physiological stimuli with greater intensity. I see my patients with hypochondriasis on a regular schedule so i can evaluate whether concerns warrants further work-up by the pcp.
A 39-year-old male asked:

How is hypochondria treated?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Often CBT helps: Cognitive behavioral therapy is a powerful way to approach this condition. You can learn ways to better understand the process and best points to interrupt it. How to tolerate anxiety and resist the urge to seek medical care after negative findings should reassure you. Experiencing the growth of trust is another feature and the overall set of skills can benefit every area of life. Find a good fit!
A 19-year-old male asked:

I can palpate my submandibular lymph nodes bilaterally if i roll em out. is this normal? theyre small in width and approx 1cm in length. hypochondria.

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 49 years experience
So can we!: Every time we examine our patients we check the lymph nodes. Tenderness means that there is activity,and inflammation in the area and it may be an indication that you have infection draining from the mouth. Swollen glands can indicate serious viral infection. Why not have your doctor or dentist check the area immediately.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Mar 17, 2017

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.